Film - Feature | September 29 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This novel-into-film is a devastating portrait of a young mans turmoil, and a virtuoso display of film technique in translating that inner state into exterior imagery. Tom Courtenay stars as Colin Smith, who lives with his dying father, callous mother, and screaming siblings in a cramped house located somewhere between a rock and a hard place. He is sent to a reformatory where the outside worlds clichés are institutionalized into a workaday program to create model citizens. The warden (Michael Redgrave), whose obsessive desire is to see his boys compete with public-school lads, sees a winning ticket in Colin, a veteran runner (from the coppers). On daily practice runs, Colin recalls in flashback the events that continue to shape his life. Courtenay embodies the transition from sad, to angry, to absurd young man in the way he sidles through his world, until he is cut free. Richardson, too, seems set free, in tandem with John Addisons original score recording the pulse of each sequence.